So I’ve been trying for the life of me to re-blog this interesting blog post I found, but for some reason it’s not working so I thought I would post it here myself:
Androgyny Goes Both Ways << link to original post
This is a little something I found interesting on the blog badfadsblog.com, who did a post called “Androgyny Goes Both Ways.” This post talks about a trend, or possibly emerging trend in Men’s fashion, centered around ‘womenswear inspired menswear.’
This ‘trend’ apparently all started from Kanye’s outfit at the 12-12-12 benefit concert, in which he performed on stage wearing a ‘skirt and meggings.’ As soon as I saw the picture of Kanye (click blog link above to see the picture), I was immediately taken back to my teenage JRock days where I would endlessly watch Miyavi prancing around in his music videos, tour videos and fashion shoots, in various pleated skirts. It’s funny to think I grew up idolising men who wore skirts. haha.
I found it interesting to see this look coming into the west only NOW, since androgynous fashion has been prevalent in the East for quite some time, particularly within the Japanese Rock scene. I mean I was use to seeing these images about 5-7 years ago now? Maybe even more! I know for Japan, androgyny has roots in Japan’s cultural past and traditional Japanese theater, where the more androgynous you looked, the more you were considered close to the “gods,” or even a “god” yourself.
But as to why the West has now decided to adopt such a style…I have no idea….and..I really do not find it appealing at all haha!